The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Wednesday, May 22, 2019


'Girl Like You' singer of Smithereens dead at 62
"A Girl Like You" appeared in the romantic comedy "Say Anything...," one of a number of movies to which The Smithereens would contribute.


NEW YORK (AFP).- The Smithereens' frontman Pat DiNizio, who turned up the volume on classic pop with hits such as "A Girl Like You," has died, his bandmates said Wednesday. He was 62.

The band, which has stayed active since its heyday in the late 1980s and planned a tour next month, announced his death on Facebook but did not reveal details.

"Pat had the magic touch. He channeled the essence of joy and heartbreak into hook-laden three-minute pop songs, infused with a lifelong passion for rock and roll," the surviving members of The Smithereens wrote.

DiNizio struggled with a nerve disorder a decade ago and in September said that he had suffered a severe fall at home.

In 2015, he appealed with embarrassment for fans' contributions after another fall during a blizzard as he lacked coverage for his medical expenses.

Growing up in New Jersey, DiNizio had planned to join the family business of collecting garbage until he heard acts such as New Wave pioneers Talking Heads and English songwriter Elvis Costello.

"Then from there I discovered Buddy Holly and it was all over for me. I lost interest in garbage and rekindled my lifelong interest in rock and roll and the guitar," he later told website Pop Entertainment.

Foreshadowing the 1990s boom in alternative rock, The Smithereens brought the distorted guitars of hard rock to catchy songwriting that harked back to the classic era of pop.

"A Girl Like You" appeared in the romantic comedy "Say Anything...," one of a number of movies to which The Smithereens would contribute.

Other hits included "Only a Memory" and "Too Much Passion." In 2009, the band released an album-length cover of The Who's rock opera "Tommy."

Unlike many rock acts, The Smithereens remained stable and convivial, working together on songs each night in the basement of DiNizio's lifelong home.

"There was a mutual respect and love; I really can't remember any serious conflict," he said in a 2013 interview with the Florida entertainment site Do West Palm.

DiNizio in 2006 starred in the reality television show "7th Inning Stretch" for sports network ESPN on his quixotic middle-aged bid to enter professional baseball.

In 2000, he ran for the US Senate in New Jersey as part of the Reform Party but received fewer than 20,000 votes of the three million cast.


© Agence France-Presse





Today's News

December 14, 2017

Retrospective at Centre Pompidou marks the 20th anniversary of César's death

Asia Week New York announces Aman as presenting sponsor for 2018 edition

'Monster bird' fossil found in New Zealand

Lévy Gorvy mourns the loss of seminal postwar Italian artist Enrico Castellani

Family backs calls to preserve Charlie Chaplin's workhouse

Ticked off: Tiny 'dracula' with a taste for dino blood

Remains of Romania's king Michael return home for final farewell

Gagosian Rome opens exhibition of photographs by Andreas Gursky

Exhibition at Hôtel de Caumont presents works by Fernando Botero in dialogue with works by Pablo Picasso

Curators announced for 2019 Whitney Biennial

Auction record for a relief print by Roy Lichtenstein

Bon Jovi, Nina Simone enter Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Exhibition of works by Ilya and Emilia Kabakov on view at Sprovieri

'Girl Like You' singer of Smithereens dead at 62

Oklahoma City Museum of Art promotes Kimberley Worrell to director of development

Heritage Auctions' most valuable Hong Kong World Coin and Currency event surpasses $5.4 million

Isuma to represent Canada at the 58th International Art Exhibition- La Biennale di Venezia in 2019

Bello-issima! Soprano's success gets Nigerians into opera

Weird but cute: Japan's capsule toys play big in Internet age

Nobel prize winner's book turned down by 19 publishers

Christie's Post-War and Contemporary Art sales in Amsterdam show continued growth

Teng bong! Minority languages on the rise in Singapore

Art Miami + CONTEXT Art Miami boast multi-million sales and high attendance

Games and the Art in the 21st Century

Fine & Decorative Arts featuring the Holiday Table surpasses $1.8 million at Heritage Auctions

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Christie's to highlight several private collections in Jewellery sale

2.- Mystery of 'Salvator Mundi', the world's most costly painting

3.- High prices and world records achieved at Old Masters auction

4.- Newly identified Leonardo portrait on show in London

5.- Rare Edouard Cortes painting appears at Rehs Galleries after 114 years

6.- Understanding Jewellery: The definitive jewellery app

7.- Academy Art Museum offers only East Coast Richard Diebenkorn exhibition

8.- Egypt uncovers Old Kingdom cemetery containing colourful wooden coffins

9.- Garry Winogrand: Color is the first exhibition dedicated to the artist's rarely seen color photographs

10.- Sotheby's welcomes visitors to their newly-expanded & reimagined galleries



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez


Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org avemariasound.org juncodelavega.com facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful